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Severe storms bring wind damage, power outages

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Strong winds caused a downed power line at East Rogers Street and South Clairborne Road. Strong winds caused a downed power line at East Rogers Street and South Clairborne Road.
KCP&L crews remove a downed power line at I-435 and Roe Ave. (Robert Ohl/Clarkson Construction) KCP&L crews remove a downed power line at I-435 and Roe Ave. (Robert Ohl/Clarkson Construction)
Storm damage in the 6600 block of Rainbow Avenue in Mission Hills, KS. Storm damage in the 6600 block of Rainbow Avenue in Mission Hills, KS.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Swift-moving thunderstorms and unusually strong winds brought damage to parts of the Kansas City area and Lawrence.

The thunderstorms pounded the Kansas City area Thursday morning with heavy rains and winds that gusted to 60 mph or more.

The winds even left a power line dangling over Interstate 435.

The National Weather Service says winds estimated up to 80 mph swept through central Kansas early Thursday, and that rainfall amounts varied from more than 1 inch in northeast Wichita, to more than 2 inches in McPherson.

The heavy storms also snapped tree limbs and downed power lines in Topeka and Lawrence. Similar damage was wrought in the Kansas City area. The worst damage was seen in Lawrence and Olathe with spotty damage elsewhere.

More than 10,000 Kansas City Power & Light customers in the metro area were without electricity as of noon Thursday. Restaurants and other businesses were among those without power.

I-435 at Roe Boulevard saw rolling shutdowns about 1 p.m. so KCP&L crews could remove a downed power line. The shutdowns occurred over a 45-minute period.

KCTV5 Meteorologist Lisa Teachman said there are more chances for complexes of storms over the next week.

"The severe risk is isolated with more concern centered around locally heavy rain. That will be a common theme over the next three days with multiple rounds of thunderstorms possible with locally heavy rain for the region," she said.

Flooding will become the primary concern.

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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